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Old 08-23-2020, 07:35 PM   #41
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I think you give a try painting that one this Winter!
Thank you for the encouragement...

...but, I have lost interest in painting.

I don't see how my painting it would improve upon the photo. If I had an out of focus picture with an amazing animal pose or a terrible background of an in focus pose, I might consider it--but, honestly, I really have *no desire* to paint anymore.

I am happy to express myself through photography...and to use my creativity to create a beautiful native landscape and create a natural looking pond where there was none before. So, the photos I take of the frogs (and other visitors to the pond...or flowers, sedges, rushes) are, in a very real sense (in my mind anyway) "painted"--or maybe "sculpted"--by me; I created the backgrounds and attracted (or planted) the subject matter.
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Old 08-23-2020, 07:57 PM   #42
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While working on my pond, I rolled this rock end over end down the slope (which I probably hauled up there, years ago, in anticipation of using it in another section). I find it hard to believe this spider stayed on the rock during that journey, but I guess it could have. More likely, I thought, it crawled on when I disturbed the shoreline.

I sent a picture to a Facebook group to get an ID...but, even before I saw their responses, after a while, I saw somthing dart across the water. It was the spider on the surface of the water. I wish I had my smartphone's camera ready; it would have made a great video. Seeing it on the water, brought the name "fishing spider" to mind. When I checked back at the comments, several people identified it as a fishing spider.

I guess I'm doing something right.

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Old 08-24-2020, 07:58 AM   #43
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I am happy to express myself through photography...and to use my creativity to create a beautiful native landscape and create a natural looking pond where there was none before. So, the photos I take of the frogs (and other visitors to the pond...or flowers, sedges, rushes) are, in a very real sense (in my mind anyway) "painted"--or maybe "sculpted"--by me; I created the backgrounds and attracted (or planted) the subject matter.
Nice way of looking at things...
Myself, Painting or hobbies are reserved for cabin fever.
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Love seeing your pond life! Nature is amazing and resilient if given a chance. Thanks for sharing.
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Nice way of looking at things...
Myself, Painting or hobbies are reserved for cabin fever.
Thanks.

Yeah, cabin fever is the worst. Glad you have things to counteract it.
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Love seeing your pond life! Nature is amazing and resilient if given a chance. Thanks for sharing.
You're welcome. I'm so glad you enjoy it.

And, I am thrilled that nature is resilient...so glad to see our property attracting and supporting so many species.
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